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mckyle.
Apr 6th, 2011, 06:56 PM
http://www.grammy.org/recording-academy/announcement/press-release

Restructuring of Categories Across All Genres Brings Total Number of Categories to be Recognized at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2012 to 78; All Fields Remain Intact
Minimum Number of Entries Per Category Will Now Be 40, Up from 25
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (April 06, 2011) — In an effort to continuously evolve its GRAMMY® Awards process, The Recording Academy® (www.grammy.com) announced today that it has restructured the GRAMMY Categories across all genres and Fields, bringing the total number of Categories to be recognized at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in 2012, to 78 (from 109). All Fields remain the same. The announcement was made this morning at The Academy's headquarters by President/CEO Neil Portnow, Academy Board Chair Emeritus and five-time GRAMMY winner Jimmy Jam, and Vice President of Awards Bill Freimuth. Additionally, a minimum of 40 distinct artist entries will be required in each Category (up from 25). Detailed information on these and other recent changes may be found at www.grammy.com/announcement. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Academy's social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys, www.facebook.com/thegrammys.

"Every year, we diligently examine our Awards structure to develop an overall guiding vision and ensure that it remains a balanced and viable process," said Portnow. "After careful and extensive review and analysis of all Categories and Fields, it was objectively determined that our GRAMMY Categories be restructured to the continued competition and prestige of the highest and only peer-recognized award in music. Our Board of Trustees continues to demonstrate its dedication to keeping The Recording Academy a pertinent and responsive organization in our dynamic music community."

For 53 years, The Recording Academy has recognized musical excellence with the GRAMMY Awards — the most prestigious and only peer-recognized award in music — and the awards have grown from 28 Categories in 1959, to awards in 109 Categories for the most recent 53rd GRAMMYs. This growth springs from a tradition of honoring specific genres and/or subgenres within a Field, and it has basically been approached one Category at a time without a current overall guiding vision and without consistency across the various genre Fields. In 2009, The Academy initiated a first-ever comprehensive evaluation of its Awards process, which led to a desire for change. A transformation of the entire Awards structure would ensure that all Fields would be treated with parity. Diligent research, careful analysis, and thoughtful discussion of all Fields resulted in an overarching framework and a restructuring of Categories to 78, and ensures that every submission continues to have a home.

In addition to the restructuring of Categories, two rule changes have been established and four Fields have been renamed. It is now expected that each Category shall have at least 40 distinct artist entries, up from 25. If a Category receives between 25 – 39 entries, only three recordings would receive nominations that year. Should there be fewer than 25 entries in a Category, that Category would immediately go on hiatus for the current year — no award given — and entries would be screened into the next most logical Category. If a Category receives fewer than 25 entries for three consecutive years, the Category would be discontinued, and submissions would be entered in the next most appropriate Category.

The second rule change is regarding voting. Previously, voting members were allowed to vote in up to nine genre Fields plus the General Field on the first ballot and eight genre Fields plus the General Field on the second ballot, including every category within each chosen Field. Now, on each ballot, voters may vote in up to 20 Categories in the genre Fields plus the four Categories of the General Field — which includes Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Best New Artist.

Additionally, there are name changes to four Fields: Musical Show is now Musical Theater; the Film/ Television/Other Visual Media Field is now called Music For Visual Media; the Gospel Field has been renamed the Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Field; and the Dance Field has been renamed the Dance/Electronica Field.

The Awards restructuring proposal was presented by The Recording Academy's Awards & Nominations (A&N) Committee — comprised of elected Academy leaders from across the country representing various genres of the music community — and was voted on and passed by The Academy's Board of Trustees — made up of musicians, producers, engineers, songwriters, and other music professionals. The A&N Committee spent more than a year reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating the GRAMMY Awards process and Categories with great objectivity and fair-mindedness, before presenting its recommendations to the Board of Trustees for ratification. While at times incredibly challenging for each member of the committee to restructure Categories in their own respective genres, the greater purpose of promoting unity within the music community and ensuring that all Fields be treated with parity outweighed natural inclinations to resist change.

Please visit www.grammy.com/announcement for the following resources and detailed information:

A Category Comparison Chart (comparing Categories from the 53rd GRAMMYs to the upcoming 54th GRAMMYs)
An Explanation of Category Restructuring across all genres
A Category Mapper (an interactive feature that will show where to enter submissions under the new structure)
Frequently Asked Questions
Upcoming dates and deadlines for the 54th GRAMMY Awards online entry period
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, join the organization's social networks as a Twitter follower at www.twitter.com/thegrammys, a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/thegrammys, and a YouTube channel subscriber at www.youtube.com/thegrammys.

mckyle.
Apr 6th, 2011, 06:57 PM
Categories for next year's GRAMMYS

http://www.grammy.org/recording-academy/announcement/category-list

mckyle.
Apr 6th, 2011, 07:00 PM
I guess they felt that it had become too easy to win a Grammy and so they're trying to make it more exclusive.

debopero
Apr 6th, 2011, 09:50 PM
I guess they felt that it had become to easy to win a Grammy and so they're trying to make it more exclusive.

My sentiments. And really it's true :shrug: .

Tennisation
Apr 6th, 2011, 10:12 PM
They kinda had to when a thief walks away with 5 Grammys and a Taylor Swift winning AOTY

doni1212
Apr 7th, 2011, 12:57 AM
They kinda had to when a thief walks away with 5 Grammys and a Taylor Swift winning AOTY

:worship:

Gdsimmons
Apr 7th, 2011, 02:22 AM
They kinda had to when a thief walks away with 5 Grammys and a Taylor Swift winning AOTY

You right about that!

So they're getting rid of all the Male/Female categories and just making a general category?

Mistress of Evil
Apr 7th, 2011, 03:14 AM
They kinda had to when a thief walks away with 5 Grammys and a Taylor Swift winning AOTY

+1.:lol:

~{X}~
Apr 7th, 2011, 05:14 AM
Untalented, really? And your speaking about thieves, who is it again that takes credit for other people's work? Hmm.

*Nefertiti*
Apr 7th, 2011, 05:17 AM
I can't remember the last new song that got me obsessed. Is music that trash now :confused:

harloo
Apr 7th, 2011, 06:52 AM
They kinda had to when a thief walks away with 5 Grammys and a Taylor Swift winning AOTY

What original artist have we seen in the last decade? I know the mention of Beyonce's name has some of you shaken but it's not time yet. The other chicks have a grace period where they can sneak something in.

Don't worry, Bey season is slowly approaching and she'll once again shut down all your untalented favorites. I see the panicking has already started.:lol:

ce
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:01 AM
It was about time...

mckyle.
Apr 7th, 2011, 10:21 AM
So they're getting rid of all the Male/Female categories and just making a general category?

Yes. For example, Pop Male Vocal, Pop Female Vocal, and Pop Instrumental now become Pop Solo Performance. I find it interesting that non-vocal performances will be competing with vocal performances.

Roookie
Apr 7th, 2011, 04:14 PM
They kinda had to when a thief walks away with 5 Grammys and a Taylor Swift winning AOTY

What's wrong with that?..great record from a Music Critics Darling...and still is not close to Speak Now which should clean sweep the next Grammys :hearts:

Gdsimmons
Apr 7th, 2011, 06:05 PM
I think its a good and bad thing. The Grammys had a shit load of categories. Some of them unnecessary. However, I think this can be a bad thing too. Look at the R&B category. They cut it in half which makes it harder. For example, someone like Maxwell or Jill Scott's R&B is completely different from Beyonce or USher. More traditional R&B acts will have to compete with the more mainstream acts which I think is kinda unfair. They're all lumped in together.

SB: Adele's new album is amazing! I think she's gonna be nominated for everything next year

Mary Cherry.
Apr 7th, 2011, 07:12 PM
What's wrong with that?..great record from a Music Critics Darling...and still is not close to Speak Now which should clean sweep the next Grammys :hearts:

+1.

Taylor Swift is a genius.

LeRoy.
Apr 7th, 2011, 08:08 PM
Is this being done to prevent Rebecca Black from winning one ? :sad: :awww:

Monica_Rules
Apr 7th, 2011, 09:05 PM
They could still cut about 50 more catorgries and get a decent award show

ElusiveChanteuse
Apr 7th, 2011, 09:55 PM
Is this being done to prevent Rebecca Black from winning one ? :sad: :awww:

How dare you underestimate her chances of winning?:o
She will just straight away get the award without even being nominated!!!

Roookie
Apr 8th, 2011, 02:17 AM
+1.

Taylor Swift is a genius.

She actually is....I am impressed by her songwriting skills. Some songs on Speak Now...like "Enchanted" and "Long Live" are like "WTF?..she did not write that by herself!11!!"

Shvedbarilescu
Apr 8th, 2011, 03:22 AM
The Grammys are completely irrelevant. A bit of restructuring will change nothing.

mckyle.
Apr 8th, 2011, 03:55 AM
The Grammys are completely irrelevant. A bit of restructuring will change nothing.

Yet you post in the thread....

Olórin
Apr 8th, 2011, 12:32 PM
Too late. Beyonce has already raped them.

Root
Apr 8th, 2011, 02:02 PM
Yet you post in the thread....

Perhaps they wanted to share their opinion on the matter?

mckyle.
Apr 8th, 2011, 03:03 PM
Perhaps they wanted to share their opinion on the matter?

Sharing an opinion on a matter you think is irrelevant... Seems like a waste of time to me.